By Imaan Yahya
On Friday 22nd June (the day before International Women in Engineering Day) some of my female peers and I went on a trip to Heathrow Airport, where we did several exciting activities to do with engineering and future careers.
First, we listened to some motivational speeches by female engineers who work at Heathrow. A few of them said that they had been really put down by the people around them due to their desire to become engineers as they were women. They described how hard they had to work to get where they are now, but how worthwhile it had been to do so.
After that some younger apprentices at Heathrow told us how they got to where they are and what their daily roles entailed. This was very interesting because everyone had their own different stories. Again, some of them told us that they were discouraged to take engineering as a career because of their gender, but they didn’t pay heed to the negatives and focused on their goal and achieved what they wanted.
Later, we went and saw a construction site on the tarmac at Terminal Two. We were told that a new baggaging system is being built there, which will be underground to make this process easier and quicker. Currently 160 lorries per day filled with aggregate are leaving the site! We were the first school group who has ever gone airside to a live construction site at the airport.
Finally, we were taught to write a CV, which I found the most interesting part of the trip.
All in all, my peers and I found this trip engaging, educational and beneficial and I feel that we are very fortunate to have such a good careers programme to pave the way for a good future professional life for us. We are all truly grateful to Mr Wilkins for organising our visit.